President Biden Establishes First National Climate Change Office

Last week, the Department of Health & Human Services established the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity (OCCHE) to respond directly to President Biden’s Executive Order on the climate crisis. The Office is the first at the national level to address climate change and health equity.
USDA Announces Dairy Donation Program
USDA has announced the establishment of a $400 million Dairy Donation Program (DDP). The DDP aims to facilitate timely dairy product donations while reducing food waste. The establishment of DDP is part of $6 billion in pandemic assistance USDA announced in March. 
SCOTUS Overturns Eviction Moratorium
The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the Biden administration’s latest moratorium on evictions, ending a political and legal dispute during a public health crisis. The Census Bureau’s most recent Household Pulse Survey, which captures the impacts of the pandemic, found that 3.6 million people thought it was somewhat or very likely they would be evicted within the next two months.
Vote in the Recall Election!

It is important to have a strong return of ballots in the CA Recall Election. It is very easy to vote. The deadline to register to vote is passed, but all registered voters received a ballot that can be returned in a postage-paid envelope. You ballot must be postmarked by Sept. 14, or dropped off in an official ballot box by 8pm on Sept. 14, and it is ok if someone drops off your ballot for you. Here is some information on vote by mail, early voting and drop off locations.  You can also track your ballot.
Dietary Guidelines Support Pregnancy and Lactation
This week concluded National Breastfeeding Month 2021, and this year’s theme, Every Step of the Way, emphasizing providing coordinated support to meet the needs of lactating families throughout this life stage. For the first time, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020–2025 includes an entire chapter dedicated to nutrition during pregnancy and lactation. Health professionals can use this information to support healthy eating for parents who are lactating, which benefits both the parent and baby. 
USDA Breastfeeding Awards

Congratulations to the WIC local agencies receiving Breastfeeding Gold and Premier Awards from USDA, FNS, Western Region, for their outstanding support for breastfeeding. Drumroll…… Gold awards went to the WIC programs in the county health departments of Riverside, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Mateo. Premier awards went to Sonoma County and Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic in Washington. Despite the pandemic and numerous challenges, the agencies found many ways to support families’ desires to provide breastmilk for their infants.
More WIC Works Webinars Coming Up!

This is a friendly reminder that we are 10 days to our third WIC Works! Webinar session with Shannon Sneade from American Red Cross WIC on 9/9/21 to talk about social media marketing catered to WIC agencies. There are still plenty of registration spots left, so please forward this to your WIC staff if they want to know more!
What: WIC Works! Webinar: Social Media Marketing for WIC
Who: Shannon Sneade at American Red Cross WIC
When: Thursday, September 9th
Where: Zoom!
How: For more details/support please email Thuy Do at
WIC Wellness Wednesdays!

Join us for Wellness Wednesdays 12:30-1:00pm on the following dates:
  • 9/1/21: Sleep Right and Sleep Tight: A Video on sleep and Sleep Quality for Adults hosted by Riverside University Health System WIC
  • 9/15/21: Santa Clara County WIC will be hosting some relaxing LIVE Qigong with our certified instructor, Cat Burmeister.
  • 9/22/21: LIVE Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation with Rachel Von Cott, Santa Cruz County
  • 9/29/21: Portable Peace Practices Session Two: Enhancing Alignment and Relieving Back Strain, Tony Gryffin, PhD

*CWA has decided to host only live Wellness Wednesdays, so please sign up here to host if you or a staff member, or community partner, can share some Wellness with our WIC community.
Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Receives Full FDA Approval
On August 23, the FDA fully approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty, for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.

Deadly Unintentional Shootings By Kids Rose 31% During pandemic
New data released Monday by the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety finds that deadly unintentional shootings by children rose 31% between March and December of 2020 from the same period the previous year. The data also shows that the trend continued into the first half of 2021, with a child involved in an unintentional shooting nearly once a day. Researchers believe a surge in nationwide gun sales and more kids at home because of COVID lockdowns contributed to the increase.

Children's Hospitals At or Near Capacity Ask for Help
A group of more than 220 children's hospitals is imploring the Biden administration for help, as a surge of young COVID-19 patients puts an "unprecedented strain" on their facilities and staff across the country.
Pediatric hospitals are "at or near capacity" and they expect to see more child patients as the school year resumes, according to the Children's Hospital Association.

Air Filters For Home and Office
An air purifier can help protect you from coronavirus and smoke pollution. Check out this guidance on how to pick and use one in your home or office.
Grants and Funding
Knowing where to look for new financial opportunities and grant proposals are of central importance if your organization depends on grant money to operate. Fortunately, there are many free resources you can use to find applications and opportunities, some of which will even send you alerts. 
Support CWA online!
As a nonprofit membership organization, CWA relies on the contributions of many organizations and individuals to help us achieve our mission. There are many ways to give of your time, talents, or resources to help CWA promote healthy families, strong communities, and bright futures! We appreciate all forms of support and invite you to join us!
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